Newsflash: Oriental Spice and some Chocolate is back!

August 12, 2014 | Newsflash | 0 comments

Hi all!

Guess who’s back
Back again
with a restyled website
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As you can see Oriental Spice and some Chocolate is back in the blog-o-sphere after a short break. A little bit of restyling, but still with the same spicy and chocolate ingredients! My old weblog http://orientalspiceandsomechocolate.blogspot.com will be deleted after a short period. So if you want to follow me: Keep this website in your favorites! Or follow me via social media.

Share and enjoy the (vintage and retro) inspiration!


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The origin of my vintage fascination

July 12, 2014 | Retro life | 0 comments

Oriental Spice and some Chocolate vintage wisdom

Whenever I talk about my blog and its topic, some eyebrows rise and questions are asked:

– “Why vintage?”

– “Where did that vintage fascination come from?

– “Why not Bollywood” (since I’m literally oriental)

And last but not least…

– “But you are so young, why do you like those old things?”

Since I usually do things in reverse order I will start with the last question. Let’s go way back in time. As in 16 years ago. Which is also almost vintage! Anyway. Let’s talk about history. A topic that fascinated me ever since highschool. I loved the subject history, it was my favorite subject. When I was learning from my history book, I was reading it like a roman. Needless to say that I scored very high on the history subject (and very low on the math subject…)

The way I see it: old is gold. Everything that is going on today, has its origin somewhere back in time. A good example is family history. (Almost) everyone is interested in their family history for obvious reasons. And ofcourse you are creating your own part of your family history right now. And 40 years from now you will be saying: “Back in my day…we had smartphones and tablets”.


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A touch of Empire Elegance

June 15, 2014 | Retro Fashion | 1 comment

Empire ElegancePhoto by Shannon van den Berg

When you are a woman and you are looking at lovely fashion looks, you want to own them all. And fast. So in this hi-tech society, I still feel like there is something missing. Something which I would like to call instant-display-post. Meaning you click (or swipe), you pay and then it magically appears in your house three seconds later. I will keep dreaming about this invention. However, I do appreciate the nowadays webshop era. Because some years ago there were not as many webshops as today. In fact, online shopping was not even that popular. Can you imagine? Today it’s an important part of lifestyle. Especially when you’re looking for unique (fashion) items.

If you follow this blog (and my facebook community) closely, you will not be surprised when I say that I adore the vintage feminine look. Dots, high waisted tight pencil skirts and feminine bodyhugging dresses are always for keeps. I believe that the best retro inspired fashion can not be found in the standard popular webshops. So instead of Zalando or H&M, online retro boutiques are saved in my favorites. Obviously I’m always interested in exploring new vintage and retro webshops, next to the ones that I already know. Recently I discovered a new webshop with a lot of beautiful vintage inspired fashion: The Empire Elegance shop. The best thing about it: I haven’t seen the fashion items from this shop anywhere else. So once again, I have a good excuse to buy some unique and affordable new vintage fashion…Now, you should now that a vintage webshop is not just a shop. Behind every vintage webshop, there is an interesting story and I like to share the story behind Empire Elegance with you.


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An ode to the HERE and NOW


vintage time

Today, I am having a little time out of the back-to-the-good old days thought. Sometimes it’s good to stand still, take a deep breath, count your blessings gadgets and think about all the luxuries and knowledge of the Here and Now. So I did. I compared the Here and Now to approximately ten years ago. And in my book that’s already a retro status. So here we go:

There weren’t a lot (online) vintage and retro fashion webshops as now. Can you imagine? What did all those vintage and retro lovers do? Were did they find those lovely feminine fashion items? This calls for an investigation.

Some years ago, I didn’t know that a little bit of red pepper and hot chocolate go very well together. Now I do. Which is very important if you want to take my blog title literally.

Nowadays I know exactly what I want (and I actually want it right now). Although sniping my fingers does not work (yet), it certainly gives me some Right Now motivation.

Some things were definitely better in the old days. But don’t fool yourself. You know you love the nowadays this-item-is-one-click-away era.

Also a lot of things (and people) are just an app away…

And one way or another: swiping keeps your thumb in good shape.


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When Fashion and Wisdom met Coco Chanel

May 8, 2014 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

Coco Chanel Wisdom

When we think about Coco Chanel, we think about a woman who launched the first perfume with a designer name (Chanel no. 5), which would also become one of the most popular perfumes of all time. Coco also showed women that there was more to (lingerie) life than corsets, because “fashion is a luxury and luxury should be comfortable”. Cheers to that! Especially since corsets were extremely not-comfortable in those days. She was also the first designer who believed that black could be very classy in a time where black was related to grief and mourning. Now Coco was a woman with a very strong will of her own. So in the 1920s she designed that lovely Little Black Dress that probably hangs in the (imaginary walk-in) closet of a lot of women who read this. Not only her designs, but also her appearance was always glamorous yet minimalistic. However, her life didn’t start glamorous at all…

Coco Chanel was born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in 1883 in Saumur, France. Coco grew up in very poor circumstances. Her mother died when Coco was very young and her father could not raise her, so she was put in an orphanage. Here she was raised by nuns who learned her how to sew. And she could sew alright. Those sewing skills would later make her one of the most influential fashion designers of all time. Like every other person, she also had a lot of burdens to overcome in her personal life. However, whether positive or negative, experiences will always give you something valuable: wisdom. Coco didn’t let the bad times weaken her spirit. She moved forward and continued to revolutionize the fashion world with for example high-class jewelry and handbags. She was also way ahead of her times. Not just as a fashion designer, but also as a woman with a mind and opinion of her own. No matter what happened, she always stayed true to her (honest) self.


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